When it rains, the soil around your home expands. As the soil expands, it puts pressure on your basement walls, oftentimes causing them to crack and bow which can be a scary sight!
In the areas we serve, it is primarily clay soil. When the clay is wet, it holds onto the water and expands in size. When it's dry, it shrinks. Dry soil creates an empty space for your home to settle into, which oftentimes creates foundation settlement.
Horizontal cracking near the middle of the wall is one of the first symptoms you will notice in the case of a bowing wall. Horizontal cracks usually start out small and increase width over time as the soil outside continues to put pressure on the wall.
These steel earth anchors are embedded in the soil. They will hold the walls in their current position without any further adjustment but are able to be tightened during dry periods. Eventually, this will straighten the wall over time.
Wall anchors are installed by digging a small hole in the soil a few feet away from your foundation, and the other part is attached to the inside of your basement wall. Once the work is completed, they'll be no trace that foundation work was done in your yard.
Once the work is completed, they'll be no trace that foundation work was done in your yard. The dirt goes right back on top of where the anchors were installed.
The PowerBrace is designed to support basement walls and allow for potential straightening over time. Some benefits of this system is the clean cut appearance, and the strong zink material it's made of improves the conition of the wall over time.
Homeowner Jaclynn Z. from Vincennes had a bowing wall. The wall started as a small crack when she first moved into her home, but over the years the crack had begun to spread. When it rained, water would oftentimes find its way into her basement- of course entering through the crack. Things got scary when the basement wall began to bow, leaning inwards. She knew that this wasn't normal, and it finally got bad enough that he decided to give Healthy Spaces a call to come to take a look at it.
Our Design Specialist, Damon Cheatham, drove to Vincennes to inspect and address the foundation issues. He recommended the Geo-Lock Anchors and PoweBrace system, so it could stop the wall from bowing and potentially collapsing.
Jaclynn's home's foundation is now stable, and the solution in place has eased her mind.